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THE TASTE: A Labor Day Weekend Of Food, Wine And Festivities

Kelli Shiroma |
August 23, 2013 | 10:33 a.m. PDT

Food Editor

THE TASTE will be held this Labor Day weekend at Paramount Pictures Studios (The L.A. Times).
THE TASTE will be held this Labor Day weekend at Paramount Pictures Studios (The L.A. Times).
Over Labor Day weekend, The Los Angeles Times will once again be hosting THE TASTE, an annual food & wine festival that celebrates the Southern California culinary scene. This year, THE TASTE will be held at Paramount Pictures Studios

Designed for Angelenos and foodies alike, THE TASTE—taking place from Friday, Aug. 30 until Sunday, Sept. 1—includes five main events, with many renowned bartenders, restaurants and chefs participating in the festivities. The anticipated food & wine festival will feature eats, trends and personalities unique to the L.A. dining scene, as well as specialty cocktails and unlimited tastings. 

The different TASTE events are as follows:

  • FIELD TO FORK (Aug. 31, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.): Hosted by L.A. Times Food Editor Russ Parsons and Michael Cimarusti, chef/owner of Providence and chef/partner of Connie and Ted’s, this event will focus on sustainable, seasonal dining and is designed for foodies and home cooks. “Field to Fork” will highlight demonstrations by culinary experts like Sherry Yard (Helms Bakery) and Ray Garcia (FIG), as well as Cimarusti, who will also be participating in a panel titled “Fish or Famine: Sustainability & the Seafood on Your Plate.” During this session, wine experts will share tips for pairing locally sourced dishes with the perfect, complementary glass. Participating restaurants in this event include Mr Chow, Farmshop and Nobu.
  • FLAVORS OF L.A. (Aug. 31, 7:30-11:30 p.m.): This event, hosted by L.A. Times Restaurant Critic Jonathan Gold and Sang Yoon, chef/owner of Lukshon and Father’s Office, features authentic dishes from around the world through the City’s best restaurants. For $50, “Flavors of L.A.” attendees can upgrade their tickets to access a “secret cellar” from 8:30-10:30 p.m. This cellar will feature special wines from Italy, France, Israel, Spain, New Zealand, Argentina and California, curated by Ira Norof of Southern Wine & Spirits. The exclusive session will also feature small bites, unique pours and one-on-one education; space is limited to 250 attendees.  

Tickets for THE TASTE are currently on sale for $65 and will cost $85 after Aug. 29. L.A. Times members receive a 20 percent discount on tickets. Those interested can connect with THE TASTE on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (@TheTasteLA/#TasteLA). 

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